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Proposed Cluster of ExcellenceREASONS River ecosystems in the Anthropocene

The UDEs and its partner universities’ excellent water research has prevailed in the first round of the two-stage competition as part of the Excellence Strategy from the federal and state governments with the research project ‘REASONS – river ecosystems in the anthropocene, sustainable scientific solutions’.

The interdisciplinary research team of the proposed Cluster of Excellence REASONS develop a concept for the management of freshwater ecosystems to ensure their resilience  for future challenges such as climate change.

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Latest ZWU News

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Professor Ralf B. Schäfer

Ecotoxicologist strengthens water research



New Collaboration

UDE delegation visits Berkeley Lab

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Predicting water supply and demand

Operating reservoirs using AI

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Zur Person

Carl Duisberg Memorial Prize

Award for Prof. Corina Andronescu

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Water Science Alliance under New Leadership

Supporting Early Career Researchers in Water Research

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Forschung,Hochschulpolitik,Presseinfo,Press Release

First success in the Excellence Strategy competition

Water research reaches milestone

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Forschung,Presseinfo,Press Release

Europe-wide study

How Does Agriculture Affect Freshwaters?

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Forschung,UA Ruhr

CO₂ conversion

The extra mile from the lab to industry

Announcements & Events

July 4, 2024 ZWU Water Café

Every first Thursday of the month at the "Brücke" in Essen - Exchange & networking & getting to know each other

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June 24. - 28., 2024 19th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies

Conference by the International Water Association (IWA) supported by the ZWU

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September 26.-27., 2024 14th Water Research Horizon Conference

Overcoming the water crises is a systemic challenge that requires new ways of "valorizing" water research.

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The strategic research area coordinated by the ZWU

Under the leadership of the ZWU, the strategic research area is dedicated to the sustainable use of water as a global resource and the protection of water bodies and their biodiversity.

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Water Graduate School

The Water Graduate School (WGS) is a strategic career development platform providing individual support and advancement to early career researcher in the field of water research.


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German Society for Membrane Technology (DGMT) e.V.

The office of the German Society for Membrane Technology (DGMT) e.V. is located at the ZWU. For more information on the DGMT please visit the DGMT website.

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Water Science Alliance (WSA) e.V.

The office of the Water Science Alliance (WSA) e.V. is located at the ZWU. For more information on the WSA please visit the WSA website.

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